Monday, January 30, 2017

Book Review: Talia and the Haman-tushies by Linda Elovitz Marshall, Illustrated by Francesca Assirelli

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Talia is at her grandmother's house helping her to bake cookies for Purim. The cookies are called Hamantaschen but it sounds like Haman-tushies to Talia. As they make the cookies, Talia's grandmother tells her the story of Purim. The illustrations in the story flip back between the story her grandmother is telling with italics to Talia listening to her grandmother tell the story while making the cookies, in the font the story started with. Her grandmother tells her how to pronounce "Hamantaschen" and tells her the meaning of "taschen", which gives more meaning to the cookies they are making.

I liked how the story flipped back between the story her grandmother was telling and going back to what Talia and her grandmother were doing. That should help children to remember that Talia and her grandmother were making cookies while she was telling the story. The story only brought out certain points of Purim and left out some important points, like Esther being afraid to tell the king she was Jewish, but that may not be important for children to learn yet at the ages this story is made for. I am glad there is a recipe for making Hamantaschen in the back of the book also. I think it would be fun for children to help make the cookies with their parents, grandparents, or with their teachers and classmates.

My review = 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free from for the purpose of reviewing it.

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